You’re a good driver. You drive defensively and keep your eyes on the road. Yet, accidents happen, and many are caused by drunk drivers. When an intoxicated driver crashes into your vehicle, you most likely will suffer broken bones and even spinal cord injuries. While broken bones can heal in time, spinal cord injuries may be permanent and cause lifelong challenges and changes with which you will be forced to cope.
Spinal cord injuries can cause a loss of sensation at the site of injury and below, which can result in paralysis. Although you may have survived the drunk driving crash, you might suffer permanent injuries and have to learn how to live with a spinal cord injury.
Understanding the Spinal Cord
The spinal cord is part of the central nervous system and is the largest nerve in the human body. It is composed of nerve bundles that control bodily functions and send messages back and forth from the brain to the rest of the body. When the spinal cord is injured, it can affect a person’s well-being and sensory and motor functions for life. A spinal cord injury interrupts communication in the body, as it prevents the brain from sending and receiving messages of sensations and body functions.
When Georgia DUI Victims Suffer from Spinal Cord Injuries
A car crash caused by a drunk driver can result in a traumatic blow to the spinal cord of a crash victim. When this occurs, it can cause motor and sensory losses that include:
- Inability to feel pain
- Loss of touch
- Inability to regulate body temperature
- Loss of sensations
- Muscle weakness
- Loss of bodily functions
The site of the injury will affect the impact it has on feelings or movement. For example, if the injury site is higher on the spine, there is a greater the chance of complete paralysis. If the injury site is lower on the spinal cord, paralysis of the legs may occur.
If you suffered a spinal cord injury in any capacity, you probably are working with a physical therapist, occupational therapist, rehab psychologist, or rehab nurse, and you are learning how to operate with your new limitations. Adjusting to your physical changes will take time and may cause you anger, fear, sadness, and depression.
It is not fair that a drunk driver caused your physical injuries, financial costs, and emotional injuries. Our Atlanta drunk driving victim lawyers want to help you recover financially while you focus on healing emotionally. You shouldn’t be left to bear all of these burdens on your own. Call us at 770-HURT-999 for help, and an experienced Atlanta personal injury lawyer at the Law Offices of Shane Smith will provide you with a free consultation today.